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Broad Canvas was founded in 1981 by a local family and plays an important part in the creative hub in Oxford.

Broad Canvas, art and craft supplies, Oxford

Broad Canvas was founded in 1981 by a local family and plays an important part in the creative hub in Oxford and the surrounding area. Situated in the heart of Oxford City Centre and sitting opposite Oxford University's Balliol College in Broad Street, this art and craft shop is unique and full of character. Loved by local artists, students from Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University and the many local schools, Broad Canvas has something for everyone.

Spread over three floors, Oxfordshire's No 1 Art and Craft shop caters for many crafts, hobbies and creative professions. We stock a wide range of specialist materials for the artist and craftsperson, hobbyist and beginner or student. Broad Canvas is known as a treasure trove to its customers as we have products displayed and tucked into every and any available space. Paint brushes, canvas, fine art paint, craft paints, inks, palettes, pencils and pens, gift sets and starter sets, papers, sketchbooks, clay, beads and sequins, scissors and glue, needlework threads and tapestry needles, we have the lot!

However, if there is something specific that you are searching for that we don't appear to have on our website or in our shop in Oxford, please do make an enquiry with us. We would be very happy to source specialist items fo you, whenever possible.


Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 11am to 4pm

Broad Canvas
20 Broad St


Park & Ride ( Redbridge ) No. 300
Stops in Magdalen St
3min walk to shop

U1 from Brookes University
Stops High St ( Carfax )
4min walk to shop

From Kidlington ( North ) City 2
Stops Magdalen St
3min walk to shop

X90 from London
Stops High St & Gloucester Green Coach Station
5min walk to shop

Oxford Train Station S1
Stops George St
3min walk to shop

Walking from Oxford train station
12min Walk

The Little Gallery and Broad Canvas Window Gallery

Our interests do not solely lie in supplying art and craft materials. At Broad Canvas we are very keen to support our customers and local Oxford Artists. On the first floor of the shop we have The Little Gallery. In the Little Gallery we hold regular exhibitions showcasing the work of budding artists and professional artists and craftspeople. We invite local art groups such as the Oxford Printmakers, Abingdon Art Group, Oxford Art Society, the East Oxford Drawing Collective and our members of staff to put on exhibitions with a view to sell their work and help raise awareness of their skills and talent. We also have the Broad Canvas Window Gallery which shows off one piece of work for one week at a time. As this gallery faces onto Broad Street, in the centre of Oxford, the work is seen by many people and is an exciting addition to the shop. If you are interested in displaying your work in The Little Gallery or the Broad Canvas Window Gallery, please contact us. You can email us at: for further information about the exhibition possibilities.

Art Materials at Great Prices

We are always searching for new products and sourcing good quality artist materials at great prices. We have many special offers running in the shop throughout the year. Our offers spread across art, model making, design, children's craft materials, graphics, needlework, haberdashery, books and gift ideas. It's worth popping into the shop to find out the latest deal, or why not sign up to receive our special offer newsletter? Email us at and we will set it up for you.

Commitment to Schools and Businesses

We supply art and craft materials to many of the primary and secondary schools in and around Oxford and to the Universities in Oxford. Our special discounts, account facilities, bulk buy benefits, knowledgeable and helpful staff and delivery options make us the first choice for ease, customer service and price. Local businesses also enjoy our account facilities and efficient service.

Our Commitment to You

Over the years, we have built up a wealth of knowledge and awareness of the needs of the artist, hobbyist, beginner and student of creative studies. Our staff are all practising artists, illustrators, graphic designers or students of art and design. Between us we work hard to supply our customers with exactly what they need, at a price they want to pay. We understand that everyone has different needs and different budgets. Our product ranges reflect this and we are proud to be Oxfordshire's No 1 Art and Craft Shop. Broad Canvas is more than just an art and craft shop however. We are working hard to support your creativity whenever and however we can. We provide you with the materials, technical advice, project ideas and support required for you to create and enjoy your creativity. You can rely on us; an independent art and craft shop with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge.